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Global South Perspectives on International Relations Theory

Global South Perspectives on International Relations Theory

Global South perspectives open up the possibility of different, fairer relations that represent the interests of all concerned and challenge international institutions to be more representative.

Insider and Outsider: Israel’s Demons in the New Millennium

Insider and Outsider: Israel’s Demons in the New Millennium

As Israel consolidated its place in the Middle East, few anymore questioned its right to exist – but many questioned its right to exist within its expansionist borders.

The World Unites and Disunites: Someone Must Try to Keep It Together

The World Unites and Disunites: Someone Must Try to Keep It Together

If Angelina Jolie speaks for refugees, even the most hard-hearted government listens. A curious populist horizontality has come to accompany the political hierarchy of the UN.

Securitization and Elections: Speaking Security at Ballot Boxes and Beyond

Securitization and Elections: Speaking Security at Ballot Boxes and Beyond

Adopting securitization as a rhetorical strategy in elections, rather than the language of compromise, can give rise to potentially divisive long-term ramifications.

The Imponderables of Middle Eastern Diplomacy

The Imponderables of Middle Eastern Diplomacy

Unlike almost every other conflict, where borders have been inscribed in earlier agreements, those between Israel and Palestine have changed dramatically – with each change shrinking Palestine.

( Russia Sergey Katryrin, SA Patrice Motespe, India Onkar Kanwar ) Chairmen of the BRICS countries during the media briefing at the first meeting of the BRICS Business Council held at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. 20/08/2013

Strategic Narratives of the BRICS: A Visual Analysis

The formation of strategic narratives empowers the BRICS group in the battle of narratives to give meaning to the international order in a complex global media landscape.

African Diplomacy and the Development of Self-Awareness

African Diplomacy and the Development of Self-Awareness

African diplomacy has not only come of age, but brings something new of benefit to the continent and possibly to the wider world.

How to Unleash Farm Mechanisation in Africa and How to Tame it

How to Unleash Farm Mechanisation in Africa and How to Tame it

Agricultural mechanisation has emerged as a priority on the African development agenda. It is a powerful, but double-edged sword, which must be used carefully.

China: When the Dragon Wakes

China: When the Dragon Wakes

Napoleon said that the world should beware the sleeping dragon, lest it awake. In his day, China was not only asleep but lost in a time before modernity.

The Thucydides Trap: A Distorted Compass

The Thucydides Trap: A Distorted Compass

Those who seek authority in Thucydides’ writings should proceed with the utmost caution or they may find themselves distorting his ideas like Graham Allison has.

The Rise and Fall of Europe: Unity and Challenge

The Rise and Fall of Europe: Unity and Challenge

Union allows the economic domination of a small economy like Greece; it does not allow within itself two competitive monoliths.

US and British Foreign Policy from One Regime Change to Another

US and British Foreign Policy from One Regime Change to Another

The US sense of being a sole hegemonic superpower is under challenge, even as it pulls along the UK and allows it to think of their relationship as special.

Theories of Foreign Policy and International Relations

Theories of Foreign Policy and International Relations

Diplomacy is not new. It has assumed various characteristics in the modern age, but the idea of sending emissaries to another state is old and was common to many cultures.

High Stakes for Palestinians: Israel as ‘the State of the Jewish People’?

High Stakes for Palestinians: Israel as ‘the State of the Jewish People’?

The recent moves to assert the Jewish identity of the state of Israel, undermine hope for a future resolution of the conflict on the symbolic level as well.

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